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The chapter breaks ("Fun Facts with Uncle Murray") are full of information about cats' social and living habits, and the book centers on the idea of living together despite differences.
Kitty learns to empathize with displaced kittens, even after spending most of the book insulting them.
Positive Role Models
Kitty is stubborn, territorial, antagonistic, but eventually comes around to idea that sharing won't be the end of the world.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bad Kitty: Kitten Trouble is feisty, fast-paced, and funny, like the other books in Nick Bruel's hit series. Kids will enjoy seeing the prickly, obstinate Kitty try to torment the paperboy and defend her territory from kittens. There's a clear message about the importance of welcoming immigrants and refugees when displaced kittens show up on Kitty's doorstep and everyone is faced with sharing space and toys. The trivia pages full of cat facts are a great addition to the illustrations, and are more extensive than readers would expect in a graphic novel-style early chapter book.
Is It Any Good?
This funny, fast-paced story of taking in suddenly homeless kittens imparts a not-so-subtle message about immigration. Young readers will enjoy the eye-popping illustrations and the main character's overreactions, and, as in other books in the series, the blend of humor and eventual empathy is front and center. But Kitty's simplistic, angry reactions seem geared more toward the younger end of the publisher's recommended age range (7-10) opposite the more advanced vocabulary and sentences from Uncle Murray.
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